sporocyst

noun

spo·​ro·​cyst ˈspȯr-ə-ˌsist How to pronounce sporocyst (audio)
1
: a case or cyst secreted by some sporozoans preliminary to sporogony
also : a sporozoan encysted in such a case
2
: a saccular body that is the first asexual reproductive form of a digenetic trematode, develops from a miracidium, and buds off cells from its inner surface which develop into rediae

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sporocyst was in 1861

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“Sporocyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporocyst. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

sporocyst

noun

spo·​ro·​cyst -ˌsist How to pronounce sporocyst (audio)
1
: a case or cyst secreted by some sporozoans preliminary to sporogony
also : a sporozoan encysted in such a case
2
: a saccular body that is the first asexual reproductive form of a digenetic trematode, develops from a miracidium, and buds off cells from its inner surface which develop into rediae
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